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Alternative Solar Energy - Is This Really the Answer

Alternative Solar Energy - Is This Really the Answer

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Solar Stirling Plant - Discover The Hidden Truth Behind Solar Stirling Plant. The most powerful way to generate energy is finally out in the open.
Solar Stirling Plant - Discover The Hidden Truth Behind Solar Stirling Plant. The most powerful way to generate energy is finally out in the open.

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Published by: princess236 on Feb 06, 2012
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 ==== ====ALERT: Click this link before buying Solar Stirling Plant. Check this link now!http://doiop.com/solarstirlingplant ==== ====A big problem with solar energy is cost. Solid state solar cells are relatively expensive. The bottomof the food chain from which all live on earth is dependent is photosynthesis. A plant leaf takeswater, carbon dioxide and sunlight and produces sugar and oxygen as a byproduct. This is calledthe Calvin Cycle and is the basic process of photosynthesis. The efficiency of a leaf at 77 degrees Fahrenheit is about 5 %. Current solar cell efficiency is about6 %. If solar cells become inexpensive enough they can be used in large quantities like plantleaves. Another way to produce energy is to use parabolic mirrors to focus energy from the sun ona container of fluid to produce steam. Also parabolic mirrors have been used to focus energy on aStirling Engine and a container of molten salt has also been used. The molten salt arrangementallows for the storage of energy for bad weather and night time. Electricity is generated from thesteam produced as the molten salt cools. Various configurations of generating power using mirrorsare being used throughout the world. Basically a "mirror farm" is set up in an area where there areno tall buildings or hills to block the sun. The more mirrors the more concentrated sunlight forgenerating power. The "mirror farm" has to be off limits due to the fact that the focal point of themirror (which is an area close to and in front of the mirror) is an area of intense heat. The correct term for this type of power generation is called CSP ( concentrated solar power). TheCSP process drives steam turbines like coal or oil fueled power plants but without the green houseemissions. This helps in the fight against global warming. The question is where does this type ofpower generation fit in the United States. Ideally CSP works efficiently in desert areas because ofits dependency on sunlight. Also in deserts there are less overcast days. A CSP plant is currently in operation in Spain near the town of Seville. The plant supplies about 3% of Spain's power needs. A company in California operates a smaller CSP plant and issuccessful. A balanced approach is needed in regards to power generation. Solar powergenerating plants whether using solid state solar cells or arrays of mirrors are susceptible to winddamage. Earth quakes and flooding are also more of threat to these types of power plants. In anemergency just when power is needed the most it may not be available. Other sources of powersuch as oil, gas and wind are still needed. In the past the earth has experienced large discharges of debris from volcanic eruptions whichcould effect the operation of solar plants. A recent example is the eruption of MT. Saint Helensvolcano in Washington state. The eruption column reached a height of 80,000 feet in less than 15minutes. Detectable amounts of ash covered 22,000 square miles. As much as 1 inch of ash wasmeasured on the ground 300 miles downwind. A varied approach to power generation is neededto spread the risks. 

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